Magu was a victim of power play in the presidency – Shehu Sani

Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani has said acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu who was rejected twice was a victim of power play within the presidency.

Sani said this in a recent interview with Vanguard.

He said there were power blocs working against each other in the presidency.

Sani said, “Magu was a victim of power play within the Villa, he is a casualty of a civil war within the cabinet and that emanated and became a problem to us. So, the Senate should not be blamed, rather it is more or less in order for us to do our job, we simply have to give the nation the best we can. We are not a ministry or department that is instructed to execute an executive order, we are a parliament and our duty is clearly spelt out in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“You have power blocs who are working against each other and undermining each other that at the end of the day affects even the capacity and capability of the wheels of the government to move forward. This was what happened.”

He urged the President to destroy the power blocs and insist that everyone must work as a team.

“The President should stand on his feet and destroy all these power blocs and insist that everything should be a team thing and no one is above another and all of them should work towards to realise his objectives for this country,” he said.

On his fallout with Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, Sani said claims by the El-Rufai that he wants to be governor was unfounded.

He said, “I think if you want to hear public opinion about him and me, you shouldn’t ask me about him, you should not also ask our supporters; you should go to the streets, ask the market women, ask the artisans, ask the drivers, ask the poor and the rich and hear their own views about Shehu Sani and El Rufai and whatever opinion poll you collected, I will be able to accept it as long as it is done fairly and justly.

“So I have my confidence in saying go to the people and ask them where do they stand in between Shehu Sani and Nasir El Rufai?”

Sani alleged that some persons have been enriching themselves through the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.

He said, “The insurgency that has ravaged the Northeast has created thousands of orphans and widows and the most we can do for them is to commit resources and see to it that they return back to their lives, but we have not done that.

“So in that process, I would say that I am working together with my colleagues in the committee to present a final report for which Nigerians will know how some people have simply been diverting public resources for the helpless and for the poor for them to simply enrich themselves.”

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